On the 28th, gugudan’s SoYee,NaYoung and MiNa hosted a special birthday celebration fan meeting titled, “gugudan in Wonderland (2SangHan 4RaEui 9gudan)”. The special meeting was to celebrate SoYee (born November 21st), NaYoung (born November 23rd), and MiNa’s (born December 4th) upcoming birthdays with their fans. The fan meeting’s name came from each of the girl’s numbers: 2, 4 and 9.
The three birthday girls started off the event by thanking their fans who took the time to come celebrate with them, and the rest of the gugudan girls soon joined them on stage with a cake, singing “Happy Birthday”. Throughout the 110 hour long program, the girls reflected back on the birthday girls’ lives since childhood, looked over past photos since their pre-debut, and played a variety of games that dealt with the numbers 2, 4 and 9.
As idols, the three girls didn’t leave out some never-before-seen live performances. SoYee performed Park JiYoon’s “Fantasy”, NaYoung performed Pixie Lott’s “Everybody Hurts Sometimes” and MiNa performed a duet of “Destiny Spring” with maknae HyeYeon.
This event marks the 3rd birthday celebration since August’s “Happy 365Day!” and October’s “Chicken Party with Sally”. gugudan fans expressed how much fun they had during each birthday fan meeting and how they look forward to next year’s celebrations.
SeJeong’s best known as the member of I.O.I and gugudan. What do they have in common? These rookie girl groups are as cute and frilly as it can get – but don’t let that fool you. SeJeong is a true tomboy with a heart of gold. She’s not just a pretty face, but a super star full of various potentials.
Check out why you should be crushing on SeJeong for this week’s Kpopmap Woman Crush Wednesday!
Woman Crush Wednesday: SeJeong of gugudan
Who’s Our WCW
SeJeong was born on August 28, 1996 in GimJe, South Korea. Her parents had undergone a divorce when she was a child, leaving her mother to raise her brother and her as a single parent. During her school days, she told her mom that she wanted to quit studying to pursue a career as a singer. Free-spirited that she is, SeJeong’s mom freely complied. In 2012, she participated in “K-Pop Star 2” where she caught the eye of YG. However, she didn’t last to the end of ths how, but caught the eye of Jellyfish Entertainment. Soon, she and two other Jellyfish trainees participated in a debut reality show, “Produce 101”.
Why We Crush
Think SeJeong is just an ordinary girl idol? She’s got such a tomboy personality that makes even the female fans fall in love. Raised with strong influence by her grandma and free-spirited mother, SeJeong can be tough and hilariously boyish. Not only does she have a tough personality, she also has the strength of 10 girl group idols packed into one. SeJeong took on the iconic fitness-idols, SISTAR on a 4:1 arm wrestling and thigh wrestling. Needless to say, she took her seniors by surprise by defeating every one of them.
Where We’ve Seen Her
SeJeong may be a MVP to gugudan, but she’s also a very important player on project girl group I.O.I. I.O.I took the industry by storm after their debut program “Produce 101”. SeJeong nabbed 2nd place on the show, debuting with as a strong force to be reckoned with. With the group’s debut as ‘Dream Girls’ and the final closing with ‘Very Very Very’, SeJeong closes her chapter as an I.O.I member and now moves on to be a key player in Jellyfish Entertainment’s first girl group, gugudan!
Where We’ll See Her Next
We’ll be seeing her through gugudan’s next promotions, but SeJeong just recently proved her status as the next rising Queen in K-Pop. She was the recent featured artist for JellyBox, where she released her first solo track “Flower Road”. The song reached 1st place on 7 different charts as soon as it was released, proving just how powerful SeJeong is as a rookie artist. With this beautiful track produced by Zico of BLOCK B, we’ll be seeing more of SeJeong for promotions!
See you next week for another installment of Kpopmap Woman Crush Wednesday’s star!
Gugudan just made their long awaited debut with their 1st mini album “Act 1. The Little Mermaid” and the title track ‘Wonderland’! We brought Gugudan closer to their fans through a live feed of the entire showcase through Twitter – at real time! Did you miss it? Don’t worry! We’ve collected the entire interview and review, just for you!
The showcase showed great potential as a successful start for the girls. Numerous reporters from various news sites came to see the newly debuted Gugudan rookies (and of course, Kpopmap!). The members presented various clips, performed 2 songs in total! The girls performed their title track ‘Wonderland’ with that innocent and youthfulness, as well as ‘Good Boy’. The girls continued on to answer personal interview questions as well as hold a session for photos.
All throughout the showcase, we couldn’t help but be completely mesmerized by these adorable cuties! But thanks to the undivided attention, we were able to find 10 unique points that can only be found at Gugudan showcases!
The Gugudan showcase started off on a note that differentiated them from others! The whole concept for the comeback album was The Little Mermaid and Wonderland. To get the audience in the perfect mood for the showcase, the concert hall was full with fairy tale music! While we waited for the showcase to start, we were welcomed with the sound of tracks from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, as well as common background music found in fairy tale themed amusement parks.
2. WONDERFUL VOICE
As the Gugudan girls performed their title track, “Wonderland”, one member in particular caught the attention of the audience. The main vocalist, HyeBin, belted out her notes at the climax with the most peaceful expression and without missing a key! HyeBin proved that the Gugudan girls are the latest rookies to look out for by showcasing her vocal talents that are unlike a rookie, but more of a veteran!
3. WONDERLAND POSES
During the photo time segment, the Gugudan girls gave a surprise present for the reporters as they individually posed in what they called the “Wonderland Poses”. Each girl posed in a way that conveyed their interpretation of the Wonderland concept. What was even more adorable was that the girls admitted that they had practiced the poses for 2 whole days! Just for the showcase!
4. WONDERFUL MEANING
All the Gugudan fans have been wondering, what does Gugudan mean?! Well, the girls explained that their name stands for 9 girls with 9 different characteristics! The girls also each represent a number from 1-9. Hana represents 1, because she is the leader. SoYi represents 2 for the Yi in her name, which sounds like 2 in Korean. SeJeong represents 3, because the Se in her name sounds like three. So she took the Se from her name to represent the 3 leaf clover, which stands for happiness! NaYoung represents 4, because the Na in her name sounds like ‘sa’, which means 4 in Korean. HyeYeon represents 5, because of her habit of saying “Oooh” as her reactions. Oh sounds like 5 in Korean. HyeBin represents 6 for her unique 6th sense like personality. MiMi represents 7, because she’s Gugudan’s lucky girl. Sally represents 8, because 8 is the lucky number in her hometown, China. MiNa represents 9, because as much as 9 is the last number, she works hard to complete the group!
5. WONDER LIKE CHOREOGRAPHY
The girls certainly prepared for their debut performance! The girls had showcased the performances for their two songs, “Wonderland” and “Good Boy”. Both performances were full of unique and creative choreography that kept the audience alert and completely entertained! The most powerful dancer and maknae, HyeYeon, showed us the main point dances to the “Wonderland” song that fans should be on the look out for.
6. WONDERING WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS?
We had to ask. With so many new girl groups with similar styles, how did Gugudan prepare to set themselves apart from the rest? The girls confidently answered that their unique theme was the differentiating point! The girls plan to promote on a theatrical theme, with “The Little Mermaid” being the first act. Even their choreography contains a lot of theatrical like performances! With the latest trend being soft innocence, the girls hope to set themselves apart with their bright forwardness and strong energy. The girls had also expressed that they would like to be known as “KeukDanDols (KeukDan = Theater and Idols) aka Theater-dols!
7. WONDERFULLY PRACTICED
It seems Jellyfish Entertainment sure knows how to prepare their rookies! The girls were well prepared and practiced for the showcase. Their performance was on point, their reactions were on point and the in depth answers to the reporters’ questions were on point! The girls carefully answered each question with sincerity, honesty, and depth. At one point, we were confused if they were rookies at all!
8. WONDERFUL BRIGHTNESS
The whole showcase continued on well past an hour; however, the Gugudan girls didn’t seem phased by the length at all! The girls were constantly bright and so full of energy from the beginning to the end. The girls laughed so brightly that we couldn’t help but laugh along, and the girls had the perfect reactions to every joke and curve ball the host, MC DingDong, had prepared for them!
9. WONDERFUL FAMILY
Being the first girl group from Jellyfish Entertainment, the Gugudan girls probably felt a lot of weight on their shoulders. To help them recharge their confidence and strength, the seniors of Jellyfish Entertainment had surprised the girls with a video present! Each senior from both artists to actors alike, cheered on the girls with a short but meaningful message. The Jellyfish family love was definitely strong.
10. WONDERFUL FUTURE
Great news for the Gugudan girls! The girls had debuted with their song, “Wonderland”, placing at 17th place on the music charts! 17th place may not seem a lot, but with so many powerhouse groups making their comeback and monster rookies debuting, the 17th place for a just debuting rookie is certainly something to be proud about! The great potential for their future was ever to evident not only through their music achievements, but also the amount of questions the reporters had for the girls. Usually, a rookie team would have a minimal amount of questions from the audience, but the amount of hands of reporters that went up for questions were certainly remarkable! With so much love and attention at such an early stage, the girls had expressed that they hoped to become a group that consistently improves to present the audience with outstanding quality of music.
That completes the 10 unique things you can only find at a Gugudan showcase.
Make sure to stay tuned for our next showcase live feed!